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Kings College London Llm Admissions Essay


 It focuses on our particular areas of expertise, and aims to offer a unique student experience by taking advantage of our outstanding academic reputation, with emphasis on innovative and problem-solving teaching methods as well as our comparative and international outlook.

Key benefits
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world - ranking first in the UK for quality of research (Times Higher Education REF ranking) and seventh in the UK (Guardian University Guide Law).
  • Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, with strong links to research mixed with contemporary experience and connections with the wider London legal community. Read more about our esteemed academic staff
  • Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London; based in the magnificent Somerset House East Wing on the Strand and minutes from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and offices of major global law firms.

A King’s Master of Law is unlike any other. Under the guidance of our expert tutors we will equip you with the legal knowledge and expertise to match your career ambitions. With a King’s LLM you will be gaining an internationally recognised qualification that is highly desirable in today’s competitive legal profession.

Our tailored LLM programme, as well as our seven legal specialisms, are underpinned by an exceptional reputation for teaching and research. Designed for recent law graduates as well as established professionals, the programme is rigorous, demanding and require serious commitment just as you would expect from one of the world’s leading law schools.

By enrolling on our LLM programme, you will benefit from our vibrant intellectual community, student societies and social events, as well as our links with prestigious international law schools. Join us at King’s and you will find yourself studying in the state-of-the-art-facilities of one of the world’s most distinguished destinations for law.

Challenging, inspiring, international: our teaching staff

Our staff is drawn from across the legal profession – from international business, financial, tax, competition, European and intellectual property law. At King’s you will have unrivalled access to, and the opportunity to study with, some of the world’s foremost academics and visiting lecturers.

You will soon discover why all our academics are leaders in their fields. Many continue to work at the top of their professions for international law firms and barristers’ chambers and they regularly contribute to leading legal publications. Their work is complemented by an impressive team of visiting lecturers, professors and practitioners who all bring additional expertise to the LLM

Renowned as a true leader in postgraduate study. Our students play a key role in our success through direct participation in debates and the exchange of ideas among the academic community. Read more…

Renowned as a true leader in postgraduate study. Our students play a key role in our success through direct participation in debates and the exchange of ideas among the academic community. Our Centre for European Law is a fulcrum for applied learning, attracting notable experts and well respected academics and visiting lecturers. Through studying this LLM you will see first-hand how European and EU law takes shape.

Key benefits

A comprehensive and specialised pathway, covering more or less all significant areas of EU law, with a long tradition of teaching excellence.

Strong academic base; a highly reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and distinguished professionals who all contribute to the extensive module offering as part of this pathway.

Linked to the Centre of European Law at King's, whose past directors include Professor A G Chloros, a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Sir Francis Jacobs, who is now a professor at King's.

Generous scholarship offerings for our LLM programme ranging from:

  • The Yeoh Tiong Lay Scholarship Programme
  • The Bosco Tso and Emily Ng Scholarship Programme
  • Nigerian Law Scholars Fund
  • Norman Spink Scholarship Fund
  • King's Master's Support Scheme


European law and EU law in particular are now more relevant than ever. At King's you will be studying for an LLM in European Law at one of the most exciting times in EU history. Our faculty is at the cutting-edge of current development while benefitting from a long-standing tradition of expertise in the field. All of which gives our students the most rounded view of European Law possible.

At King's you will not only be taught in a range of areas of EU law, you will also be part of an EU law community, built around the Centre of European Law, which was set up as far back as 1975. During your time here you will meet excellent teachers and fellow students but also European judges and Advocates General, EU officials, leading barristers, and many others with a keen interest in EU law.

The King's LLM in European Law is unrivalled. Our alumni have gone on to work for some of the most prestigious European institutions and legal firms. We are passionate about giving our students access to the best opportunities. We are passionate about Europe. And above all we are passionate about European law.

Alongside our eminent team of King's academics teaching on the pathway, such as Professors Andrea Biondi and Alexander Türk, a strong team of visiting professors and practitioners also contribute to the European Law community.

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience.

Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. 

Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking here

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

* Many of the modules listed in the document are available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. 

Career destinations

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave. Positions range from:

  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission and UN
  • Commercial roles as investment bank analysts
  • Tax or public affairs advisers
  • Careers in the legal profession
  • Accountancy positions
  • Management consultancy
  • Human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies
  • Academia.

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